How to Remove a Convector Radiator for Decorating

Last updated: August 30, 2016

If you are planning on doing some decorating, chances are that you’ll need to remove and refit a radiator. Many radiators can be quite heavy, so even if you think you’ll be able to manage by yourself we recommend getting someone to help you. Watch the video guide or follow the simple step-by-step process for full instructions on how to remove a radiator for decorating.

Why Should I Remove My Radiator For Decorating?

Removing your radiator prior to decorating will allow you to achieve both a flawless and professional finish to your newly decorated room. It is also a good opportunity for you to further insulate your home by installing a radiator insulation kit that could help to save up-to 30% of the heat that would otherwise disappear through the wall.

BestHeating recommends that you always have someone to help you to remove a radiator.

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What Tools Do I Need To Use?

To safely remove your radiator from the wall, you will need the following tools:

  • An adjustable spanner
  • A pair of grips
  • 2 towels
  • A washing up bowl
  • A radiator key

How Do I Remove My Radiator For Decorating?

Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll have a freshly decorated wall in no time.

Step 1

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Firstly, you will need to turn off the radiator valves by turning them clockwise.

Step 2

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Once the valves have been switched off, place a couple of towels or the washing up bowl underneath them before removing your radiator from the wall, this will catch the water from your radiator safely and avoid any nasty stains on the floor.

Step 3

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When you have the washing up bowl in place, take your grips and adjustable spanner and gently undo the radiator nut.

Step 4

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Drain the water from the radiator into the washing up bowl.

Step 5

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Open the bleed nipple, by turning your radiator key anti-clockwise, and help to drain the water into the bowl.

Step 6

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When the radiator is drained close the bleed nipple back up (clockwise) and then undo the other nut on the other side of the radiator.

Step 7

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Gently remove the radiator from the wall and tip out any remaining fluid. Remember – radiators can sometimes be heavy, so you may need help when lifting.

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When all of the excess water has been removed, bung the outlets with tissue and you can then fully remove the radiator from the wall.

Step 8

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After decorating place the radiator back on the brackets…

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…tighten up the radiator valves, open them both anti-clockwise and the radiator is ready to fill.

How Do I Re-fill My Radiator?

Central heating boiler water

If you have a pressurised heating system, you will need to slightly open the filling loop to top up the system pressure whilst you re-fill the radiator.

Here’s a handy little video that explains that process in a little more detail.

Check the water pressure gauge on the boiler and follow the user instructions for your specific boiler to top up the pressure. In an open-vented system, water will automatically be replaced into the radiator when the valves are re-opened.

And there you have it, now you have all the tools you require to know how to remove a radiator for decorating or to replace it with a new one. Good luck and remember – if all else fails you can always contact the professionals.

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